Did you know that hummus is one of the oldest types of food on the planet? The first documented recipe can be traced all the way back to the 1200’s in Egypt. Regularly regarded as one of the best foods for vegetarians thanks to its high protein, calcium, riboflavin, and other nutritional content, hummus dip recipes really haven’t changed all that much in the last few centuries. That can be a good thing, especially when you’re felling nostalgic for your classic hummus dip recipes — but what if you aren’t? What if you’re looking for a hummus recipe that’s a little different? These three simple variations are just for you.
Three Things You Can Do to Get More Oomph Out of Your Favorite Hummus Dip Recipes
- Add in Some Roasted Vegetables
- Veer Away from the Traditional
- Stop Thinking About Hummus Dips as Just Dips
As About.com writes, one of the simplest ways to breathe new life into your hummus is to add roasted vegetables. Roasted red pepper hummus is undoubtedly one of the most popular variations of this type, but roasted zucchini, garlic, tomatoes — whatever you feel like roasting, that earthy, smokey flavor will give your hummus a lot of added depth.
For the popular women’s health magazine Shape, renewing the flavor of your hummus is all about thinking outside the box. For example, adding Greek yogurt, dried parsley, garlic salt, and dill to your ground chickpea base can give you a “ranch-style” hummus that will really knock your taste buds over. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Chickpeas and tahini can be very versatile ingredients.
One of the biggest mistakes people make with hummus is thinking it’s only good as a dip. As BuzzFeed details, hummus goes great as a spread on an egg and vegetable English muffin sandwich. It also makes one heck of an addition to any garden variety lunch wrap. Just get creative. The sky is the limit here.
What do you do to make your hummus recipes extra special? Let us know in the comment section below.